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Sunday, April 22, 2012

When God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle

As I was leaving to go to my weekly women’s bible study I saw my neighbor and stopped to chat a bit. She knows the trials my family and I are currently facing.

When she asked how we were doing I replied, “Ok, but if one more person says

It’s God’s Will.

Just endure and you will be blessed.

or my personal favorite

What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger.

I may just have to sweetly reply that I will pray that they too receive the same test of strength for their faith.

Or maybe I just might completely snap and give them a TKO (total knock out).”

She stood silently for a moment trying to figure out what I had just said. Words that were SO out of the norm for me. I started cracking up at the look on her face. I of course didn’t mean it. About that time she finally got my tongue in cheek reply about praying for strength and started cracking up too, knowing I was just blowing off some well deserved steam.  As we clutched our sides she said, “Well, maybe it’s not the best idea that you should go today.” 
She knew I would now have to tell some of the loveliest ladies on earth that on top of EVERYTHING else, we had suffered another blow. The lengthy list of trials were we enduring was already so long, horrendous and complicated that it had left even our well seasoned and tender hearted pastor speechless on how to comfort our family.

During the drive over I prepared myself that this latest admission about our life would inevitably lead someone in the bible study to bust out the biggie:

“God never gives us more than we can handle.”

Well, you guessed it, someone did say that. In the moment of quiet that followed, all eyes upon me I 

“I don’t think so.” (all breaths held~ a dropped pin could have been heard)
I continued on.

“I believe that at times we experience situations that are beyond what we as humans can possibly handle. Every single one of us will face certain situations in life that may seem impossible.”

“Hopefully it will bring us to our knees.” 

“Because, it is when we realize that we can’t do it without God we experience the real victory.”

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4:13


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